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Matt Tait: Bender's debut worth feeling good about

It was hardly a perfect game and he left plenty of room for improvement. But the Week 1 debut by Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender certainly qualified as reason for optimism among the long-suffering Kansas football fan base. By Matt Tait

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Notebook: LB Joe Dineen named Big 12 Defensive Player of Week

Joe Dineen watched the final nine games of the 2016 season from either the Kansas sideline or a comfortable couch back in Lawrence, after suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in the Jayhawks’ third game, at Memphis. Back on the field Saturday for the first time since, Dineen unleashed a game-high 15 total tackles, leading to a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award. By Benton Smith

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Hall of Fame experience all about relationships for Kansas coach Bill Self

When Kansas basketball coach Bill Self is officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Friday night, he will be joining a group of some of the biggest names and best coaches to ever blow a whistle or scribble X’s and O’s onto a clipboard. By Matt Tait

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Beaty not alarmed by KU's rushing output in Week 1

If a swath of the population that follows Kansas football left Labor Day weekend openly concerned about the Jayhawks’ running game, head coach David Beaty didn’t fall into that demographic. “Well, you've got to call a run play to get any rushing yards,” the third-year KU coach joked immediately following a 73-yard output against Southeast Missouri State, which by the end of the college football weekend ranked 107th among FBS teams. By Benton Smith

Kelsie Payne receives Big 12 offensive player of the week honors

For the second straight week, a Kansas volleyball player was named the Big 12's offensive player of the week, announced Monday.

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Joe Dineen relishes chance to meet Orange Bowl team, 'standard' of KU football

Saturday’s experience was a special one for Lawrence native and Free State High graduate Joe Dineen, but it was far from the first time he’d set his eyes on the 2008 Kansas Orange Bowl squad. By Scott Chasen